Upholding Your New Year’s Resolution

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When we think of New Year’s Resolutions, one of the most common ones that come to mind is “start running.” Even though many people list fitness-related goals as their resolutions, many find it difficult to achieve them. It can be overwhelming to know where to start and what needs to be done to begin working towards these goals. But don’t worry; we’re here to help! This article will provide you with a list of some practical tools that you can use to ensure that you stick to your running resolution this year.

1. Try A Training Plan
When you’re starting your running journey, you might be nervous because you don’t know where to begin. Whether you’re new to the running world or returning after taking an extended break from the sport, it can be helpful to check out some options for training plans. It’s simple to find a plan, especially now that so many of them are available online. We recommend starting by researching Runner’s World, Couch 2 5K, Active, or Competitor. Just make sure to choose a plan that is most relevant to your reality and your goals. Start by committing to the plan for the month of January. It can take up to four weeks to build a habit, so push yourself to stick it out for the whole month, but don’t make things so difficult you end up feeling discouraged. Consider bribing yourself, so you have things to look forward to!

2. Start Socializing
There are so many people that take to social media to share their fitness journeys. Check out some of these accounts, and follow some people whose beliefs you align with. Social media can be a great motivational tool to help you stay on track. Beyond the digital world, you can look into any local running groups your city might have. Being on a fitness journey can be lonely, and you’re more likely to uphold your resolution if you surround yourself with others who are working toward similar goals. You can even make new friends along the way!

3. Set A Goal
During that first month of your running journey, you’re probably focusing on sticking to the plan for the whole four weeks. However, you can start adjusting your goals once you get into February. Maybe you want to compete in a certain race, or you want to reach a specific number of miles per week. No goal is too big or too small; choose something you feel strongly about, and adjust your training plan to help reach that goal.

4. Build Your Strength
It’s no secret that working on your overall health will benefit you with your running resolution. You don’t need to invest in an expensive gym membership or spend money on a ton of home equipment. There are plenty of home workouts that you can incorporate into your fitness routine to help strengthen your body. A quick internet search can provide you with many program options, or you can take advantage of the many free YouTube videos. The stronger you get, the longer you’ll be able to push yourself on your runs. Plus, you’ll feel better overall. However, make sure you check with your medical professional before beginning any exercise program. You always want to be sure you’re doing what’s best for your body!

5. Give Back to Your Community
Once you’ve established a solid running routine, you can start thinking about ways to get even more involved in your local running community. Consider volunteering at a local race, or starting a new running club to help other beginners reach their goals. There are many things you can do to give back to your community. Get out there and find some!